Jonesboro Airport Could Be Forced to Pay to Keep Airline Service

November 6, 2003 - Posted at 7:39 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Jonesboro is one of three cities in Arkansas that could be faced with helping to pay to keep scheduled airline service, under a plan that may be approved in the U.S. Senate this week.

In addition to Jonesboro, facilities at Hot Springs and Harrison are also on the list of 29 airports in 18 states that would be affected by the proposal.

The plan would require airports from ten different states to pay part of a government subsidy to commuter airlines that fly in and out of rural communities.

Republican Congressman John Peterson of Pennsylvania is leading the fight to defeat the airport plan.  Pennsylvania also has three airports on the list of 29.  Peterson chairs a rural caucus.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)